Is Your Diet Toxic? (Infographic)

Lara Darlington
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toxic appleDid you know that even if you are eating what you think is a healthy, nutritious diet, it could be highly toxic? We were shocked when we started looking into some of the scary statistics and worrying facts about the state of our fresh produce.

Take a look at the infographic below to see the full story…

Is your diet toxic? Let us know in the comments below.

Toxic Diet Infographic

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What Can You Do?

It’s easy to think that there’s nothing you can do to improve the situation, but there is. Even though food groups, manufacturers and industry bodies wield massive power, individuals can, and do, evoke change.

Companies are in business to make money, so they only produce what people buy – if no one buys their chemical-laden and heavily processed foods, they’ll stop making them. Vote with your money and only buy clean, chemical-free foods from companies who care about your health and our environment.

You can also start your own vegetable garden at home, or join one of the many community gardens which are ‘springing’ up all over the world. Community gardens are a great way to meet people, and share the workload (as well as the fruits of your labor!).

Always try to purchase organic where possible, especially the fruits and vegetables included in the EWG.org Dirty Dozen. Spray-free produce is also fine when purchased directly from the grower at farmers’ markets; it’s essentially the same as organic but just hasn’t been certified by an external body. 

It’s impossible to completely avoid all toxins and chemicals, and while the body is usually able to process and remove them, it may be struggling to cope with the sheer volume of toxins you are exposed to on a daily basis. Consider nutritional cleansing to support your natural detoxification pathways. 

An immediate and powerful action you can take right now is to share this article on social media – raise awareness and be the change you want to see in the world.  Help your friends, family and colleagues avoid these lethal toxins and the consequences of eating a toxic diet by sharing this article with them (using the buttons below) and encourage them to pass it on to people they care about.

People pressure is the only way companies are going to wake up and realize they need to stop poisoning our food.

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Nutritionally Bankrupt Foods

Did you know that the soil in North America has up to 85% less minerals in it than it did 100 years ago? Fertilizers and modern intensive farming have sterilized the top soil and led to nutritionally bankrupt fruits and vegetables.

Toxic Cocktail of Pesticides

  • Residue remains in fruits/vegetables & creates a toxic cocktail inside your body.
  • Contaminates soil and air, leaching into groundwater, or running off into streams, lakes, rivers and oceans.

Problems with Pesticides

  • Over 110,000 pesticide poisonings reported each year (US)
  • Pesticides can cause health problems, such as:
    • Birth defects
    • Nerve damage
    • Cancer

EXAMPLE: Packaged Salad: What’s in the bag?

  • 2/3rds of consumers purchase packaged salads
  • Salad washed in chlorine (20 times stronger than the average swimming pool)
  • Nutrients destroyed by Modified Atmosphere Packaging

Genetically Modified Foods: Safe or Not?

  • We don’t know: Not a single clinical trial of any GM crop has ever been published.
  • Studies have shown GM foods can be:
    • Allergenic
    • Toxic
    • Carcinogenic
    • Anti-nutritional

GM Crops: Would You Eat Them?

  • Toxic pesticides from GM food crops found in unborn babies.
  • Up to 75% of foods in a US grocery store contain GM ingredients.

Foods that often contain GM ingredients

  • Canola Oil
  • Soy Sauce
  • Frozen Pizza
  • Frozen Dinners
  • Dry Cereal
  • Baby Formula
  • Canned Soups
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  • Sam Gaine

    Really useful, thanks for posting this – dirty dozen information is great. I had no idea things were this bad, I hope it makes people make a change to their diet, it will mine.

  • http://www.timetocleanse.com/about/ Tom

    Thanks Sam, we think its really important that people understand what they are eating and highlight the ‘green washing’ attempts that some companies are using to pass their produce and foods off as ‘healthy’ when it simply isnt.

    But the only way to make the grocery stores change is to vote with your $’s – and spend them with local growers, farmers markets and other community schemes instead….